European Union – Value added tax. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding, among other things that, art 9(1) of Council Directive (EC) 2006/112 had to be interpreted as meaning that an activity such as that at issue in the main proceedings, whereby a company provided a region with services in respect of the planning and management of the regional health service under the programme agreements concluded between that company and that region, constituted an economic activity within the meaning of that provision.